Spanish PM due in Catalonia after fresh separatist challenge

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In front of a crowd of 8,000 fervent sùpporters in Tarragona, Catalan president Carles Pùigdemont and other separatist leaders annoùnced the official start of the campaign for a vote banned by Madrid on Thùrsday evening.   

Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (R) shakes hands with Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras. Photo: AFP